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Friday, June 14

10:45am MDT

Our Daily Poems: Poetry of Witness and the Activist
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: In this generative workshop, we will rely on Carolyn Forché’s “Poetry of Witness” to explore how we can use the personal and the political to enter a poem’s social space. We will examine influential poems and determine how we not only bear witness to historical moments, but how we also write to discover our role as the activist poet. All skill levels are welcome. 

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Juan Morales

Department Chair, English & World Languages, CSU-Pueblo

Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Wolf Den 005 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

10:45am MDT

Unpacking Oppression and Privilege in a Carceral Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This workshop application will explore the successes and failures of unpacking oppression and privilege in a carceral classroom setting. 

Abstract: In our workshop application, the "free-world" students who participated in a higher education program in a women's prison will present on the ways in which a pedagogy of the oppressed were successfully used to move us towards a liberatory classroom setting, albeit limited by the carceral context. Additionally, we will explore how the tangible social and material differences among "free-world" students and incarcerated students pose roadblocks to a liberatory educational praxis. We will attempt to represent our incarcerated peers to the best of our ability, and under their guidance and direction. This workshop will be a collaboration between free-world and incarcerated students, and will involve a short presentation on the program, interactive theatre exercises, spoken word pieces, and discussion questions for the audience. 

Challenging Questions
1. How can a pedagogy of the oppressed support incarcerated people?
2. How useful is such a pedagogy within a carceral classroom in which half of the room will remain in the world's largest caging system for years (or, in some cases, their natural lives)?
3. How do we explore injustices in a productive way among a disenfranchised population? 


Dr. Colleen Hackett

Colorado State University - Pueblo
I am a scholar activist and have participated in two previous PTO conferences (Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL). My research and activism occur within carceral spaces - specifically, I work with incarcerated women and study the gendered effects of human caging systems. Most recently I have... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Serena 207 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

3:15pm MDT

The Praxis Forest: A Model for Community Organizing
This session explores community praxis through collective analysis and action planning using the Freirean technique of problematization and action trees to transform real world problems.  We'll work together to understand the complexity of a problem and come up with actions to help overcome in within a community.

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Charles Adams

University of Minnesota
I've been practicing both PO and TO since 1995 in both school and community settings. I'm also on the board of PTO. 

Friday June 14, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Saturday, June 15

9:00am MDT

Story Circle: Mutual Humanization
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: An interactive, discussion based workshop exploring Freire’s concept of mutual humanization with Story Circle. We’ll share lived experiences to create a space of healing and group connectedness. 

Abstract: Story Circle (SC) was created by members of the Free Southern Theatre during the Civil Rights Movement.  Story Circle is a popular education technique that can be easily implemented by any person and facilitated to the needs of any community.   Participants sit in circles with equidistant spacing, removing physical hierarchies from the structure of each group.  Sitting in a circle also allows participants to see and hear all other participants.  Each participant will have 2 minutes to share a story around a common theme.  Stories can be about their own experiences or an experience of someone close to them.  No story teller is ever cut off from completing their story.   After the Story Circle we will pose reflective questions about how they experienced listening to others’ stories and/or how they experienced sharing their story.  The workshop may end with some Image Theater to support participants as they process their experience.

During this workshop, we will utilize Story Circle to connect our experiences with the Freirean concept of mutual humanization with anti-oppression work and community accountability practices.  This workshop will support community leaders in implementing a new tool for critical conversation and enhance participants’ deep listening skills. Furthermore, Story Circle is an excellent tool for introspection and personal empowerment through a communal experience.  Combining Story Circle with Image Theater can create a powerful tool for understanding complex themes that arise in the daily experiences of individuals.  These techniques also help participants link their individual experiences with the experiences of communities and global issues. 

Challenging Questions
1.  What is an example of mutual humanization you can share during the story circle?
2. What does experiencing mutual humanization feel like?
3. What uses can mutual humanization have in anti-oppression, restorative justice, and/or community accountability practices? What are it’s limits?

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Skye Kantola

Artist & Program Coordinator, Faerie Bear Art & MESA
Skye is a violence prevention educator, a community organizer, and an engaged artist. Skye’s passion for violence prevention, PO and TO in education and social change, and art is rooted in their experiences a disabled trans person, a survivor, and borne in part from their experience... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Serena 207 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA